Opening Ceremony - Gothia Cup

Gothia Opening Ceremony

The week is filled with encounters, big and small, arranged and spontaneous. The opening ceremony is the week’s major gathering. A two-hour long show with music, dancing, fireworks, a presentation of all participating nations and joy unbounded. With 50000 people in a packed Ullevi, everyone’s there.
We believe that it is important to make a lifelong memory from the tournament. A moment for everyone – a moment of harmony and fellowship. We want to create this very moment with the Gothia Opening Ceremony. Previous participants have compared it to an Olympic ceremony and that’s the idea. The atmosphere surrounding the opening ceremony is electric enough to make you shiver with excitement. It’s a memory you’ll remember and smile at for the rest of your life.
Place: Ullevi Stadium 
Day: Monday, July 19th Time: 20:00 

Where we all come together!

The show

The main number during the Gothia Opening Ceremony is to see all the nations and cultures come together. In addition to this there are nearly 500 dancers, 10 musicians and 15 solo artists accompanying this great culture mix. Together they create an amazing show. Music from all corners of the world is played when participants from all the nations enter the arena and when the year’s song is played is the audience that takes care of the singing. You may also find yourself reflecting and find out that Gothia Cup is much more than just football.

The audience

When the Gothia Opening Ceremony is held everyone is there. Over 50000 players, leaders, supporters and locals create a magical atmosphere at Ullevi Stadium. The audience is a part of the show, both singing and dancing. It creates a special fellowship and joy when the audience takes part of the show and when youths from all over the world are cooperating and having fun together we feel pride. 

The Arena

The Ullevi Stadium is Sweden’s largest arena with capacity for 46000 sitting spectators and a couple thousand more during concerts. Gothia Cup holds an audience record of 51210 people and then it's totally packed. The Ullevi Stadium is perfect for big shows and concerts. Besides the Gothia Opening Ceremony, Ullevi Stadium hosts great concerts every year with artists like U2, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Bruce Springsteen and Metallica.


All participants registered in categories A, B or C receives a ticket to the Gothia Opening Ceremony. A ticket is also included when you purchase the Gothia Card. Tickets can be purchased through Ticnet (from May) and during tournament week at the Information at Heden (subject to availability).

Gothia Leaders Party

What would Gothia Cup be without all our fantastic leaders that give so much of their time to their young people. Gothia Leader’s Party should be a reward for all that hard work.

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